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H.R. 4742: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a tax on nicotine used in vaping, etc.

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Should e-cigarettes be taxed at the same rate as traditional cigarettes?


In recent years, vaping and e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in popularity, particularly among young people — reversing what had previously been a decades-long decline in youth smoking rates. 27% of high school seniors, 22% of high school sophomores, and 21% of college students have reported vaping in the previous month.

To combat this, more states are taxing the products. 17 states plus the District of Columbia now have taxes specifically on vaping products, with a full half of those states ...

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Thomas Suozzi

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 18, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Oct 18, 2019

Ordered Reported on Oct 23, 2019

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on October 23, 2019.

14% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What legislators are saying

Suozzis Bipartisan Vaping Bill to Advance through Ways and Means
    — Rep. Thomas Suozzi [D-NY3] (Sponsor) on Oct 21, 2019

Larson Votes for Legislation to Address Youth Vaping
    — Rep. John Larson [D-CT1] on Oct 23, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates new spending due to H.R. 4742 will be negligible.


Oct 18, 2019

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Oct 23, 2019
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